Hamburg Central School District

Armor clinches $10,000 for fitness
Visit by Buffalo Bills plays up win

The physical activity at Armor Elementary will be kicked up a notch as a result of the school being named a National Football League Play 60 Super School in the NFL's Back to Football Friday contest. Marking the win, Buffalo Bills visited Armor in November to award a $10,000 health/wellness grant and to celebrate the school's team pride.

Principal Leslie Bennett said the grant would be used to buy equipment to increase the amount of time that students are moving during the day. The Play 60 promotion encourages children to get 60 minutes of exercise daily.

During their visit, Bills players answered students' questions about teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship. Afterwards the players worked with select students at activity stations during an Ultimate NFL Physical Education Class in the gym. These student participants were selected for showing good character. Footballs, jump ropes, weights and Hula Hoops used during that gym class were donated by the NFL to the school for students to use in the future.

As part of their entry, staff members walked from Armor to Ralph Wilson Stadium in September to call attention to fitness. The school also sponsored a Bills memorabilia day and hosted a barbecue with such activities as tug of war, the limbo, obstacle courses, dancing, bowling and climbing.

More than 5,500 schools nationwide entered the football contest, with 34 selected as winners.
-- Nov. 9, 2010